Sunday, December 21, 2008

Wishing you the Happiest of Holidays!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy & Healthy New Year! Knitstyle will be taking a short break from now through the New Year. I look forward to "re-opening" my Etsy shop, Knitstyle, with new and fun products!


Friday, November 21, 2008

Babble Magazine's Holiday Gift Guide 2008

I have some exciting news to share with my blog readers ... Knitstyle's Goldfish Cloth Play Blocks are featured in Babble Magazine Holiday Gift Guide 2008!!! How exciting is that?! I was contacted by an Etsy Admin last month and was told that Babble Magazine would like to "potentially" feature one of my items in their online Holiday Gift Guide for 2008. If I was interested I had to send a set of blocks to Babble for review. If they were selected my blocks would be used for a giveaway and I would not get them back. I quickly made the blocks and shipped them to the Editors of Babble Magazine in hopes that they would select my handmade products to be featured in their Holiday Gift Guide. It was so hard not to mention anything about it to anyone, but I am a bit superstitious so I didn't say a word.
A few days ago I received an email from Babble notifying me that my product has
been featured in Babble Holiday Gift Guide ... I clicked the link and sure enough they were there under the baby section ... right between a pair of Robeez shoes and a large stuffed toy from Babystyle. Wow!

Have a look for yourself, sign up to be entered into the giveaway and be sure to check out the other categories for more great Holiday Gifts!

Babble is a new kind of parenting magazine, one that talks to parents not just as caregivers, but as fun, smart, intellectually curious people.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The EtsyBABY Blog giveaway begins on Tuesday, November 18th and we will be "giving away" items donated by members of the EtsyBABY TEAM over the next few weeks.

The way our giveaway will work: On the EtsyBABY Blog, we will be featuring various items over the next few weeks and you, the etsybaby blog readers, will be given a chance to enter each giveaway for an opportunity to win a FREE gift. You can enter as many giveaways as you'd like, but you can only enter
each one ONCE! All winners will be selected at random and posted on the blog. Once the winner's name is posted, you will have 72 hours to claim your prize.

Giveaways will begin on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the morning and they will be open for 7 days; closing the following Monday or Wednesday at midnight EST. A winner will be chosen at random within 24 hours.

How can you enter the giveaway?

1. Go to the EtsyBABY Blog
2. Go to the giveaway you'd like to enter
3. Follow the link and visit the sponsor's
4. Go back to the giveaway and leave a comment about something in that shop you like. Please, only leave ONE comment for each giveaway
5. Please leave your first name with a valid email address so that you can be contacted if you are a winner.

Help spread the word by posting about the giveaway on your blog or at twitter!

Please note: All giveaways are NOT open to everyone. Each giveaway will state USA RESIDENTS ONLY or USA/CANADA ONLY
if that is the case.

***Also, current EtsyBABY Team Members can post comments but they are ineligible for the contest and their name will not be included in the random drawings.

Here's a list of participating sponsors (in no particular order)

1.Modestmilk 2.Alphabulous 3.Seraphinarose 4.Knitstyle 5.Goldtonedesigns 6.Babycheeks 7.Beadedsocks 8.Kraftyladykreations 9.Scandeez 10.Kitschycookids 11.Tutucuteandmoore 12.Zenbebe 13.Candysticklane 14.Luluswoobies 15. Littlebirdcreations 16.Thepatacakebaby 17.Boogaboobabies 18. Obabygear 19.Radcover 20.DaisyCreek 21.Mommysmonkey 22.Starbugaloo

Friday, November 14, 2008

Etsy Front Page

How exciting is it when you turn on your computer, go to and see your handmade product on the FRONT PAGE?! Knitstyle has made it on the front page of Etsy twice in the last month and I missed it both times! I was fortunate enough to have some friends watching out for me and they captured the whole thing for me. Here's Knitstyle on the Front Page of Etsy!

Friday, November 7, 2008

EtsyBABY is kicking off the holiday season on Friday, November 7th with their 2nd Annual Holiday Hunt Promotion!

Candee Cayne, EtsyBABY's Holiday Helper, loves to play Hide 'N Seek! EtsyBABY needs YOUR help to find where Candee Cayne has hidden! We need her back in the EtsyBABY nursery by November 30th, to help EtsyBABY members prepare for all of the holiday goodies that are purchased! She has hidden in multiple EtsyBABY Member shops and the shop owners are generously offering rewards!

At Knitstyle by MMC, you'll receive a FREE small cloth play block by purchasing a listing where you see the Candee Cayne graphic.
Knitstyle by MMC

For more particpating shops, please follow this link:
ShopEtsyBaby Holiday Hunt
(don't forget to check out page 2!)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Friday October 24 and Saturday October 25th be a part of a massive Etsy Street Team event. With over 175 EtsyKids’ shops participating you’ll be sure to find huge deals on what you need this holiday season for children big and small.
Get your shopping list ready today and beat the crowd by previewing the entire list of EtsyKids shops taking part in this colossal event:
EtsyKids BOGO Sale

Knitstyle by MMC will be offering FREE upgrade of BAMBOO Fiberfill for all orders of Cloth Play Blocks. Please include "FREE BAMBOO" in notes to seller at checkout.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Happy Birthday EtsyBABY!!!

EtsyBABY© is turning 1 and it's time to celebrate!!!

Team Members are celebrating with discounts, free shipping and free baby goodies starting October 1st through October 10th 2008. Come help us celebrate and have a look to see what great discounts we have to offer!
KNITSTYLE is offering FREE SHIPPING on ALL Polka Dot Blocks and Burp Cloths.

Visit our participating member's shops @
EtsyBABY© Birthday Bash

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Martha's Vineyard Baby Toy Collection

I'd like to introduce a Special Edition to my Etsy Shop. Earlier this year I came across this very special fabric with printed scenes from the island of Martha's Vineyard (where I live). At the time, I was picking out fabric for a sewing class I was about to take and wanted to make something for my cousin who was going to have a baby a few months later. She grew up on the Vineyard but now resides on the west coast so I thought this Martha's Vineyard fabric would be perfect for her new little one soon to arrive.

The class was called "Quilt In A Day" and was set for the entire day. I was a beginner so I had a lot of help from the shop owner/instructor in order to finish my first quilting project (a baby quilt). This is the quilt I made that day and later shipped off to my cousin with some cute embellished burp cloths made from the same fabric. I also included a wonderful Zadyball from one of my friends at EtsyBABY!

A few months later I went back to buy some more of this fabric and started making cloth play blocks. They are unique and specialized so I wasn't sure how they would sell. Each block has 4 out of 6 different scenes from Martha's Vineyard; Islander Ferry Boat, West Chop Lighthouse, Edgartown Lightouse, Man Fishing, Oak Bluffs Gazebo/fireworks, West Tisbury Grange Hall/Farmers Market. I was thrilled after the first one sold! I sold a few more and had a few request for friends and family over the summer. Just recently, I finally made a trip back to the fabric store to buy more of this fabric and that is when I learned it had been DISCONTINUED! I was able to buy a small amount of the blue and some green so now I have a very limited supply! I'm having a hard time deciding whether I should just keep the fabric for myself or start cutting it up to make more toys for my shop.
Currently I am offering the medium sized cloth play block in blue, red or green. The block can be purchased individually or with a set of 3 toys that each make a noise- one squeaks, one jingles and one crinkles.
The fabric is from Susan Branch's Martha's Vineyard Watercolor Collection

Friday, July 18, 2008

Baby Toys with BAMBOO Fiberfill

Hello! My BAMBOO Fiberfill is here! You now have the option of having soft baby toys (cloth play blocks and knit bears) from my shop filled with Bamboo Fiberfill. What is Bamboo Fiberfill? Bamboo Fiberfill has a unique soft and silky texture, is Earth-friendly and made with renewable resources. The Bamboo plant is the fastest growing timber plant and requires no fertilizers to grow. It thrives naturally without using pesticides to grow. The Bamboo fiber is eco-friendly, naturally antibacterial, anti fungal and has great mildew resistance. At Knitstyle by MMC you can add bamboo fiberfill to your order of cloth play blocks or a knit bear!

My niece Sydney loves to play with her cloth play blocks! Sydney is wearing a super cute "Here Kitty Kitty" onesie from Oliverlane.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Welcoming A Friend to Etsy - Jessica Pisano

Another long break since my last post and I only have a few minutes before heading out to watch my nephew's final soccer game for the Spring season.
Another close friend of mine, Jessica Pisano, recently joined the Etsy community. She is an established artist and always amazes me with the new work she introduces each year. Jessica starts her work with a black & white photo that she took and prints it on archival acid-free cotton rag paper. She paints the surface with a variety of mixed media and finishes it off with a coat of UV protective varnish. She then mounts her work on either antique tin panels, custom wood frames, birch wood panels or matte and framed. Jessica is also the founder and director of the Belushi Pisano Gallery on Martha's Vineyard. You can find out more information about Jessica and her work at or visit her blog. Here are a few examples or her work that can be found on Etsy:

Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

I've been back home for about 2 weeks and have been finding it hard to get back into the swing of things with my knitting and sewing. For the first part of April I was traveling around Arizona and California. I was in Sedona, Arizona for vacation and it is so beautiful there! We really enjoyed the trip; from the Pink Jeep Tours, Horseback Riding, Grand Caynon trip and most of all just getting away from home! Now, it has been over a month since my last post!

Mother's Day is next weekend and although my mom is no longer with us I'd like to share a few of my Etsy favorites for this Mother's Day. I'm sure my mom would have enjoyed these t

(Mother's Day card from Moderncard)

(Fabric Coaster by Starfishbarbados)

(Heart bowl from JDWolfePottery)

(Knitting Needle Organizer from Sarahkincheloe)

(I LOVE YOU ceramic bowl by Palomasnest)

Thursday, March 27, 2008


♥ ♥ ♥ KNITSTYLE'S 1 year Etsy Anniversary Celebration ♥ ♥ ♥

I joined the Etsy community 1 year ago on March 30th. Help me celebrate with these great offers!

*FREE SHIPPING (USA & CANADA, First Class Mail) through March 31st!

*Purchase an item where you see the SUNFLOWER graphic and you'll receive a FREE gift!

*SUNDAY, 3/30:
All purchases will received a FREE set of mini lavender sachets. Please include ANNIVERSARY in note to seller

Thursday, March 20, 2008

POLKA DOTS Cloth Play Blocks

I finished the third set of blocks to complete my order and have also added them to my Etsy shop. I am also offering the polka dot blocks in a set of 3 or 4 all sized small.
I love these polka dots! I can make them in my standard sets as shown or in custom sizes. Here they are!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Cloth Play Blocks

Hello all! I have recently introduced a new product to my Etsy shop. These cloth play blocks come in a variety of fabrics, patterns, colors and sizes and are lots of fun for baby to play with. Since joining the Etsy I have seen some absolutely beautiful fabrics and some amazing items made with these fabrics. I decided I wanted to pull out my mom's old Singer Featherweight sewing machine and learn to sew again. It is a very simple machine but I absolutely love it and it is perfect for me! I made my first play block for my adorable niece Sydney, who is now 4 months old. She instantly loved her block and I knew I had to make more! The SYDNEY block is constructed using Heather Bailey fabric - you can find them posted in my shop, Knitstyle by MMC. I soon had my first custom order to make a set of 3 blocks sizes small, medium and large in Heather Bailey fabric. Lucky for me, my buyer is a professional photographer and she took amazing photos of the blocks she ordered (click the photo at the top of this post for more photos). You can also view her work here: heatherwagnerphotography
I am currently working on another custom order of 3 orders
of the set of 3 block (small, medium, large). I have finished 2 of these sets and am so happy with the way they came out. I currently have 1 final block to construct before completing the order and can't wait to share this set with you too! These blocks will be going to a great Etsy Buyer who has been a pleasure to work with.
Here are my standard sizes:

Small: 3"x3"
Medium: 4-1/2"x4-1/2"

Large: 6-1/2"x6-1/2"

I am happy to do custom orders so please feel free to contact me with your interest!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Etsy Baby Shower Donation

Every few months June from Ficklefaerie holds a Baby Shower for the expecting moms from various Etsy shops. I particiapted in the one held in the Fall of 2007 and just recently donated to 2 moms for the most recent baby shower. Etsy is a great community and most everyone is always very friendly. June works very hard to make sure all the expecting moms (or those who have recently had a baby) are matched with a shop who is willing to donate a gift. Since I volunteered to donate to 2 shops, I was contacted by Enthral and Polishedappearances to let me know that we were matched. Here are the gift sets I sent them:
Enthral - 1 pair of "Cinnamon Stick" baby bootees, 2 baby LOVE embellished burp cloths and 2 lavender shachets.
Polishedappearances - 1 pair of chocolate brown SNUGGS, 1 embellished burp cloth and 2 lavender sachets.
You can view other photos Etsy Baby Shower Gift Donations on the Etsy Baby Shower Flickr Site.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Hand Knit Mohair Poncho

Ponchos are great any time of year and so comfortable to wear. They can either look elegant or casual. I love to wear mine to dress up a pair of jeans.
I hand knit my first poncho a few years ago using black mohair yarn from Suss Design. The yarn is so soft I love wearing it. I've had so many compliments on it and I just love to tell people that I made it! I recently finished a second one using the same mohair yarn from Suss Design but in soft muted colors of cameo pink, pebble brown and natural to create the striped Neopolitan look.
The first poncho, my black one, was knit using large needles- size 15. I decided for the striped one I wanted a closer knit so I used size 13 needles for this one. I am very happy with the way it came out but, what was I thinking? Thisone took forever to finish!!! I decided to add it to my Etsy shop and see if I would have any interested buyers. This poncho can be worn in 2 different ways - either off the shoulder as shown in the photos or with a V-neck in front.
This poncho is very simple to create. You knit a rectangle that is 32 inches x 56 inches and fold it in half. Then stitch together the top side, leaving an opening for the head.

Have a look inside my Etsy shop, Knitstyle, for more hand knit creations!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

EtsyBABY TEAM Valentine's Day Promotion

The EtsyBaby Street Team is having a Valentine’s Day Promotion Starting Sunday, January, 20th through Friday, February 29th

Please help find BOW-BEAR for cupid!

"Cupid needs your help to find his bow & arrow! Bow-Bear has been wondering around looking through all the EtsyBABY shops trying to help cupid find special things for those special someones, but now he's lost!!!! Cupid is offering a reward and has been posting pictures of his bow & arrow in the EtsyBABY shops. When you purchase the item where Bow's picture is found, you'll receive your cupids reward."

Knitstyle: FREE Felt Trio of Hearts OR Lavender Sachets made with Heather Bailey fabric